Pregnancy at work

Pregnant? How to start earning extra money before your maternity leave

Firstly, congratulations are in order! If it’s your first child you’ll know doubt have a mix of excitement and a ting of nervousness every so often – life is about to change, for the better! If this is not your first child, you know what to expect during the pregnancy and the mix with work, but you’ll no doubt be wondering how to make the room in your life (and purse!) for the addition to the family.

Got a memory like a sieve? Here are some tips to help

Baby brain really does exist – well according to researchers at the University of London, anyway! If you keep forgetting things, are a ‘little’ oversensitive at times and find it harder to stay focused, there may well be a valid reason for it.

Examining the brain activity of 39 pregnant women and new mothers as they looked at images of adult and baby faces making either positive or negative expressions, the University of London researchers discovered that pregnant women used the right side of their brain more than new mothers, particularly when processing positive emotions.

The reality and financial effects of a maternity-leave career break

Business women with successful careers are often shocked at the inequalities that still surround employees who take their full maternity leave.

When it’s time to go back to work, the choices available to women can be quite limited, with a common complaint being that the career break has affected the woman’s chances of promotion (35% of mothers said they felt discriminated against on their return to work).

Is it a muffin top or a baby bump?

Whilst commuters rush around on their journey to work or business meetings, focusing on juggling their coffee, hand or manbag, free issue of Metro newspaper on route, pregnant women are struggling to get a seat.

Trying to avoid an elbow or just being knocked into while pregnant, with the side effects of dizziness, swollen feet and nausea during pregnancy is not something to smirk about.

Pregnant? know your rights – don’t get ripped off at work!

In an ideal world, every employer would do their best to ensure that their pregnant employees are well looked after – or at least ensure that their legal obligations to them are met.

But, for many pregnant women, announcing a pregnancy can be the start of difficult times, with employers working out ways to make them feel so uncomfortable that they feel they have no choice but to leave. Things that employers should know better about doing when they have an expectant mum in the workplace…